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Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy's work was born of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. According to author and graphic designer Tristan Manco and the book Home Sweet Home, Banksy "was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s." Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris and Jef Aerosol who sprayed his first street stencil in 1982 in Tours (France), and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass, which maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s. However Banksy himself stated on his website that in all actuality he based his

Paris Hilton Debut CD Spoofed By Banksy Hits Auction Block

Paris Hilton
Banksy Spoofed My Debut Album ... And It's Gonna Cost Ya $2K

Leave it to Banksy to take Paris Hilton's first album and turn it into a work of art so coveted, it's fetching more than $2,000 on the auction block!!! The street artist totally reimagined… READ MORE >

Banksy Painting Goes for $1.4 Million and then Gets Shredded in Frame

Banksy Auction
Someone Bought My Painting for $1.4 Mil Now Watch it Shred!!!

Banksy outdid himself Friday night when one of his most famous paintings scored a $1.4 million bid and then it suddenly shredded into pieces. The auction went down at Sotheby’s in London… READ MORE >

- 164 days ago
Ja Rule Says Banksy Tweet was a Joke, But Now It's Getting Real

Ja Rule
Just Joking About Banksy Search But Now I Got Some Leads

Ja Rule says he was just playing when he said he was looking for Banksy, but then things got real ... and now he's hoping to score a meeting in a dark alley somewhere. We got the rapper at… READ MORE >

- 486 days ago
Banksy -- That's Not My Art ... But You Are Getting Sued (PHOTOS)

That's Not My Art ... But You ARE Getting Sued

A street artist not named Banksy is suing a company for trying to pass off his prints as Bansky originals ... TMZ has learned.  Eddie Colla claims online retailer Touch of Modern is… READ MORE >

- 953 days ago
Banksy Vandal Ordered to Stay Clear Of Banky's Vandalous Works!

Banksy Vandal
Ordered to STAY CLEAR of Banksy's Vandalous Works!

The man charged with vandalizing Banksy art has been ordered to stay clear of the famous vandal's handiwork.David William Noll just pled no contest today to 2 counts of FELONY vandalism ... for… READ MORE >

- 1806 days ago
Banksy to Tagger -- Keep Your Graffiti Off My Street Art

Banksy to Tagger
Keep Your Graffiti Off My Street Art

When Banksy slaps some paint on a wall ... is it world class art or just really cool graffiti? Hmm ... let's ask the rival street artist who dared to paint over one of Banksy's pieces? Oh, and ...… READ MORE >

- 1810 days ago
Graffiti Artist Charged With Vandalizing Banksy's Vandal Art

Artist Charged With Vandalizing Banksy's Vandal Art

An artist who defaced several works of famed graffiti artist Banksy has been charged with the crime of vandalism -- which is pretty incredible since Banksy's collection is itself an act of… READ MORE >

- 1811 days ago
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Targeted by Banksy Apprentice

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Targeted by Banksy Apprentice

L.A. has been blindsided by a wave of cryptic Red Hot Chili Peppers-themed street art -- and TMZ has learned the secret identity of the man behind the onslaught ... Banksy protégé Mr.… READ MORE >

- 2805 days ago
Banksy's Stolen L.A. Street Art -- The Hunt Is On

Banksy's Stolen L.A. Street Art -- The Hunt Is On

Several works of art created by Oscar nominated street artist Banksy have been "stolen" off the L.A. walls they were painted on -- and now TMZ has learned, the hunt is on to get them back. The… READ MORE >

- 2919 days ago
Banksy STRIKES Again -- Tags Up San Diego

Banksy STRIKES Again -- Tags Up San Diego

Academy Award nominee and legendary street artist Banksy continued his Southern California graffiti spree last night ... this time, leaving his signature rat character on a taco shop in San Diego.… READ MORE >

- 2944 days ago
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